IN THE CANYON by Liz Garton Scanlon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Nature lovers of all ages will welcome the easy accessibility of this Grand Canyon tribute. (Picture book. 3-10)"
The Grand Canyon? That nearly 2 billion-year-old, 277-mile-long, and 1-mile-deep "crevice" in northern Arizona? Never heard of it? Read full book review >
HARRIET THE INVINCIBLE by Ursula Vernon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Creatively fresh and feminist, with laughs on every single page. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 8-12)"
This new series from Dragonbreath's Vernon puts a wild spin on "Sleeping Beauty." Read full book review >

ICEBREAKER by Lian Tanner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"An artfully crafted adventure that's equal parts thought-provoking and thrilling. (character list) (Science fiction. 9-12)"
Scientists hide a secret aboard a ship headed for the farthest reaches of the Earth in the hopes of saving a remnant of modern technology and knowledge from the Anti-Machinists, a group of zealots determined to throw the world into another Dark Age. Read full book review >
FIREFLY HOLLOW by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"This sweet and memorable tale deserves both a sequel and a film version. (Fantasy. 7-11)"
Firefly and Cricket, two tiny animals with big dreams, challenge the status quo by befriending a miniature giant (a boy named Peter)—and by pursuing their destinies with the help of an old river vole. Read full book review >
A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A school story with heart. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fifth grade is, as the title indicates, a whole new ballgame for best friends Rip and Red. Read full book review >

FLUTTER AND HUM/ALETEO Y ZUMBIDO by Julie Paschkis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Readers would be hard-pressed to find a snappier introduction to language appreciation, poetry and vocabulary enrichment. (author's notes) (Bilingual picture book/poetry. 3-10)"
A striking exploration of the animal kingdom in bilingual poems. Read full book review >
MAD ABOUT MONKEYS by Owen Davey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A vast amount of information on monkeys is expertly delivered in both text and image without patronizing either readers or monkeys—a delight. (index) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
An informational picture book about monkeys throughout the world. Read full book review >
APPLEBLOSSOM THE POSSUM by Holly Goldberg Sloan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A warm and funny possum-family saga. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
A young possum topples down a chimney to become the pet of a little girl while her brothers try to rescue her. Read full book review >
TOBY AND THE ICE GIANTS by Joe Lillington
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A skimpy alternative to Adrian Lister and Martin Ursell's Ice Age Tracker's Guide (2010). (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
A small bison meets some ice age megafauna in this prehistoric ramble. Read full book review >
HOW LUNCHBOX JONES SAVED ME FROM ROBOTS, TRAITORS, AND MISSY THE CRUEL by Jennifer Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Though they may not shine in the robotics department, Luke and his team succeed in other ways in this likable comedy. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Robotics and friendship come together for one ordinary seventh-grader. Read full book review >
I'M NEW HERE by Anne Sibley O’Brien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Whether readers are new themselves or meeting those who are new, there are lessons to be learned here about perseverance, bravery, and inclusion, and O'Brien's lessons are heartfelt and poetically rendered. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Readers walk in the shoes of three students struggling after immigrating to the United States Read full book review >
MY PET HUMAN by Yasmine Surovec
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"This series opener is a must for young humans owned by furry masters. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 6-10)"
Taking care of a human has its benefits, but is it better than being an unattached pussycat? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >